Blueprint for College of Teaching to be unveiled

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A “blueprint” setting out proposals for a new member-driven College of Teaching is to be published on February 10.

It is based on responses from teachers and others to a discussion document published last summer as part of a Commission set-up by the Prince’s Teaching Institute (PTI) to develop the proposal.

Earlier this month, the PTI revealed that its study of 1,200 teachers and school leaders showed strong support for a College to speak for the profession on issues such as “professional standards, educational policy, raising the status of teaching in society, and advising policy-makers on curriculum, assessment and school inspection”. 

There was also support for the College to set teacher-defined standards, structure CPD and promote the use of research, the PTI reported. 

Membership should also be voluntary, respondents said, while more than 60 per cent said they would be prepared to pay a membership fee of between £75 and £175 a year. 

On February 10, Chris Pope, co-director of the Prince’s Teaching Institute and chairman of the Commission, will present its proposals to an audience including teachers and headteachers, unions, subject associations and government representatives.

He said: “From the start of our work in brokering the idea of a College of Teaching, teachers have expressed widespread support for an independent, member-driven College that would uphold professional standards, raise the status of the teaching profession, and provide teachers with a greater degree of self-determination. 

“What has come across loud and clear is their conviction that teachers want to take control of their professional destiny and that any new College should not be part of the national political cycle.”

Visit www.princes-ti.org.uk/collegeofteaching


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